McGrath looking forward to IPL second editionApril 1st, 2009 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils’ Glenn McGrath, who will arrive here for a seven-day training camp this week, said he is looking forward to the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that gets underway from April 18 in South Africa.
The 40-year-old former Australian spearhead said he will return this year with a more focussed mind. McGrath lost his wife Jane to cancer last year but despite that he emerged as one of the most economical bowlers giving away just 6.61 runs an over in 14 games.
“I struggled a bit last year, but that was more about Jane and how the situation was back home,” McGrath was quoted as saying in Delhi Daredevils website.
“That won’t be a concern this time. Mum may bring the kids over for the middle period, depending on the schedule. My whole focus will be a lot different when I’m there, which I think will all be positive.
“Last time I think I did reasonably well considering I had not played for 12 months. I have no doubts it will be similar this time, but my mindset will be different.”
McGrath, who was initially hesitant to make a comeback to cricket after retiring in 2007, said he could not resist being competitive once he was handed the ball.
“There is a lot of incentive going over there with the money they are offering. Cricket is not something that I have a great desire to get back and play at the moment. I’m very happy being retired and with everything that I achieved in my life.” McGrath said.
“In saying that, as soon as I got on the field in India (in 2008), I could not help being competitive. My natural instincts came out and I was away. That won’t be an issue.”
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